The Denial of Death

Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life’s work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker’s brilliant and impassioned answer to the “why” of human existence.

Anthropologist and author Ernest Becker postulates that the answer to the gap with animal mothers is that humans are the only species with awareness of their own mortality.

In contrast to the predominant school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the paradoxal lie: man’s refusal to acknowledge his own mortality.

This book still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.

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